From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a familiar story with a dark hook—a tale about Peter Pan and the friend who became his nemesis, a nemesis who may not be the blackhearted villain Peter says he is…
There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.
Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.
Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.
Peter lies. With just that one sentence I knew we were not going to be fed the Disney version of Peter Pan. More like the Grimm’s Fairytale version.
If you read Ms. Henry’s Alice, you know this isn’t going to a sweet, lovely tale. And it isn’t. It is dark and Peter is not a nice boy at all. The tale is told from the viewpoint of Jamie, Peter’s favorite playmate. And life is full of fighting pirates and each other and playing in the ocean. Until Jamie starts noticing things.
This Peter is cold, menacing and uncaring of his lost boys. Basically a narcissistic sociopath. While Peter and Jamie are pretty well-developed as characters, the rest of the boys weren’t. We didn’t really know their stories and I wish we had, but this was more Jamie and Peter’s story, so I understand.
I’m sure this will do quite well overall. Release Date is July 4, 2017.